On the 21st of January 2017, exactly at†10:58†h., 4 climbers from Germany and the SPONDYLUS team reached the summit of Llullaillaco at a height of 6.739 m / 22.110 ft.
Since the mountain El Plomo (5,424 m / 17.795 ft) and the volcano Pili or Acamarachi (6,046 m / 19.836 ft.) were successfully climbed before the Llullaillaco, the expedition group can be considered credited with an extraordinary success. These three mountains have never been combined before in an expedition. The expeditionís title: "Following the Footsteps of the Inca" lived up to its name, due to the fact that all three mountains were sacred to the Inca.
But not only the cultural background made this project so extraordinary. The fact that a Datalogger (an electronic device that records data over time) could be changed at the weather station on the summit of Llullaillaco, made the project more than satisfactory. It was a service to science.
Also the clear setting of the high-altitude record for drone flights at 6.750 m / 22.146 ft., by Jörg Lenk, was one of the unforgettable highlights of the expedition for the participants.
But, above all, the comradeship and the fun had within the group made this success possible. We would like to thank all participants for trusting us, and to congratulate each and every one of them for their great performance. THANKS to the whole team!